The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Children Obese children become obese adults; weight loss specialist Dr. Michael Feiz details the causes

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Obesity continues to rise in the United States at pandemic levels; in no area is this more disturbing than its unchecked spread amongst children. Our nation's youth are facing an explosion of obesity that has doubled in children and quadrupled amongst adolescents over the last thirty years. While successfully treating adults struggling with extreme obesity, Dr. Michael Feiz, a renowned bariatric surgeon in the LA area, knows that these issues tend to first develop during childhood.

Adult obesity begins with the build-up of fat cells developed during childhood. Patients who develop severe obesity in their adult life are increasingly turning to procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy to prevent life threatening issues. While these procedures can be extremely effective, prevention is always the best way to handle any medical issue and Dr. Feiz is doing his part to stem the tide of adult obesity by getting to it at the source.

Childhood Obesity Causes

There are many contributing factors to childhood obesity; chief among them is the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of too many of today's kids plus the exponential increase in the amount of sugar Americans are now consuming. In terms of consumption, the primary culprits are sugary drinks and sodas which are easy to overlook because, as liquids, they are less filling and seem somehow less fattening than solid foods, though, in fact, the exact opposite is true. Just as an example, Juices, while often far healthier in terms of nutritional content, are also typically quite high in calories and their consumption should also be limited.

Processed foods are another major risk factor that contributes toward America's obesity problem. What's worse is that many companies and restaurants market these foods specifically toward children. Processed foods often contain such products as high fructose corn syrup, so even if you pass on the soda, you and your kids will still receive a large dosage of sugar in that order of chips or fries.  

Cutting back on the sugar and processed food intake of children is absolutely essential for stemming the rise of obesity. It is equally important for parents to ensure that their kids get up from their televisions, computers, and video game consoles and go out and do what comes naturally to kids…play!

Fight Fat Now

Of course, for those of us who are already grown, the battle against obesity can be even more difficult and the medical approach must turn from prevention to cure. For many, weight loss surgery is the best treatment plan. Dr. Feiz supports patients struggling with obesity with a variety of procedures to best individually assist their needs. Whether the circumstance calls for a lap band conversion or a gastric bypass, Dr. Feiz offers the expert training and high quality of care that LA area patients depend on. For more information and a free consultation call 310-855-8058 or find more information including videos and testimonials on Dr. Feiz's website.

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